Derrick Rose dunked last night in a warmup before the Chicago Bulls took on the Oklahoma City Thunder. ESPN showed a nine-second clip of Rose striding to the basket, elevating and throwing down a slam.
The video is unremarkable. Of course Rose can dunk. And while Chicago's favorite son looked slow, this is only a part of a 90-minute workout, which he's been doing as he prepares to return from a torn ACL suffered during last season's playoffs. But he's not returning until he's ready, and Bulls fans should be fine with that time frame.
There's no sense in rushing back from an ACL tear. So what if the
Chicago suffered a pair of blowout losses to OKC and Miami. There's an
MVP career to resume. That may be for the stretch run this season. It may not be until next season. But when it happens, it should be when Rose is ready.
Photo: Keith Allison.